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Meet your guide outside the dome's entrance and bypass the often-long queue with your skip-the-line ticket. As you climb the 463 steps to the top of the cathedral's dome, learn about how the construction of the egg-shaped Cupola wasn't done until long after the cathedral was otherwise finished—leaving a gaping hole in the building for decades. Filippo Brunelleschi's revolutionary design for the dome within a dome is still widely revered among architects and was the largest dome in the world at the time it was completed. From inside the dome, enjoy a wonderful view of parts of the cathedral you don't normally get to see—including Vasari's 'Last Judgement' frescoes—as well as spectacular views outside the cathedral overlooking the historic city of Florence. Climb back down from the dome with your guide for a brief guided visit inside the cathedral itself to conclude the tour. Admire its Gothic interior, designed by Arnolfo di Cambio and Brunelleschi. Please note: Most of the time on this tour is spent in the dome with a brief tour of the cathedral at the end. Your ticket allows you to stay in the cathedral after the tour concludes, and also gives you entry to the Baptistery and the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (no skip-the-line access for those). There is no skip-the-line entry for the Duomo from November 1-March 31.
Laria was an amazing guide, and explained the painting of the Dome and the construction. In school I had an Art History class and was so excited to see and be inside Brunelleschi's Dome! Laria had lots of information to share at the top of...More
Date of experience: August 2019
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Nomad26460454934, Booking agent at ACCORD Italy Smart Tours & Experiences, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago
Thank you for letting us know that you had a lovely tour with our guide, we are pleased that the visit was as expected and we will pass your comment to Ilaria, surely she will be very pleased.
Amazing view at the top of the duomo!!! The climb is not bad. There are many landings and areas of flat hallways. Our guide, Iliana, was wonderful and asked us how we were doing as we climbed. We stopped several times along the way. The...More
Date of experience: August 2019
Nomad26460454934, Booking agent at ACCORD Italy Smart Tours & Experiences, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your review, it's impiortant for us to have our customers feedback and we are gald to hear that you enjoyed our guided tour. We will pass this to our guide as well and we hope to see you again in Florence on...More
Although the tour of the Duomo is nothing fancy and the guide itself didn't know much information about the Duomo it is stunning. It is 100% worth the stair climb in 107 heat because once you get to the top and see the entire city...More
Communication skills were weak. Thick accent, spoke very quickly and unclear explanation of construction meant we did not feel we really learned very much. Tour company changed the time of tour by 2 hours which could have been an issue. Tour was July 8 at...More
I believe it’s a 2 - 2.5 hour tour, but I can’t be certain. There was a funeral in the Cathedral that day so we did not get to climb the Duomo. We visited the museum and baptistery on our tour and then climbed the bell tower... More
I believe it’s a 2 - 2.5 hour tour, but I can’t be certain. There was a funeral in the Cathedral that day so we did not get to climb the Duomo. We visited the museum and baptistery on our tour and then climbed the bell tower in our own.